Dr. Richard A.Oppenlander - Food Choice and Sustainability--Are We Over The Edge Yet:

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Panel Participants:

Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander

J. Morris Hicks

Tony Weis 

Dawn Moncrief

Gene Baur

David Kirby

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Dr. Richard A.Oppenlander

Dr. Richard A.Oppenlander

2016 Conference
http://www.inspireawarenessnow.org
      Dr. Richard Oppenlander is a sustainability consultant, researcher, and author whose award-winning book, "Comfortably Unaware" has been endorsed as a must-read by Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Jane Goodall among others. Dr. Oppenlander's most recent book titled, “Food Choice and Sustainability”, has won numerous awards including the 2014 International Book Award and the 2014 Green Book Festival Award and is being used by think tanks and strategists for developing initiatives to advance change. Dr. Oppenlander is a much sought after international lecturer on the topic of food choice and how it relates to sustainability, speaking most recently to the European Parliament, and served as the lead consultant for two full-length environmental documentary films. He also serves as an advisor to world hunger projects in developing countries and with municipalities in the U.S. Dr. Oppenlander has spent the past 40 years studying the effects food choices have on our planet and on us. He started an organic plant-based food production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary (with his wife Jill), and is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.  Visit the Comfortably Unaware website for more.   To learn more, visit www.comfortablyunaware.com and www.inspireawarenessnow.org

J. Morris Hicks

J. Morris Hicks

2016 Conference
http://www.4leafprogram.com
Many authors speak about promoting health through diet; a handful speaks about the environmental impacts of our diet and even fewer speak about a workable solution to our current environmental dilemma that threatens our very existence as a species. J. Morris Hicks may very well be the ONLY author in the world who speaks passionately about all three. A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, he got curious about the optimal diet for humans in 2002. Since then, he has invested over 10,000 hours researching the topic, has published two books and has posted over 900 articles on his website at hpjmh.com—all in a continuing effort to promote health, hope, and harmony on planet Earth. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural, plant-based diet for our species. To learn more, visit www.4leafprogram.com and www.hpjmh.com.

Tony Weis

Tony Weis

2016 Conference
http://www.tonyweis.org
Tony Weis is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. Tony is the author of The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (Zed Books, 2013) and The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming (Zed Books, 2007), and co-editor of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice (BTL/PM Press 2014) and Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty (Routledge 2014). At Western, Tony teaches courses which center on international political economy, biodiversity and climate change, conservation, and agriculture and food systems. Tony’s research is broadly located in the field of political ecology and critical agrarian studies. Initially, his empirical research occurred in the Caribbean, where he lived and worked for a total of roughly three years (Jamaica and Guyana). There, he sought to understand the economic and environmental problems facing small farmers, as well as prospects for change, approaching research in a way that was grounded in work with small farmers while also considering the wider political, economic context of their struggles. This interest led him towards his first book, The Global Food Economy, which analyzed the structural imbalances, social tensions, and ecological instabilities in the global system of agricultural production and trade; the historical development and institutional entrenchment of this system; and prospects for more socially just, ecologically rational and humane alternatives. Following this, he has focused a lot of attention on what has often been described as the ‘global food crisis,' seeking to examine the biophysical dimensions of present and future food insecurity, especially with respect to the industrial grain-oilseed-livestock complex, interests which flowed into his second book, The Ecological Hoofprint. He is currently at work on his third book, tentatively titled Ghosts and Things: Animals in a Changing World.   To learn more, visit www.tonyweis.org

Dawn Moncrief

Dawn Moncrief

2016 Conference
http://www.awfw.org%20
      Dawn Moncrief is the Founding Director of A Well-Fed World (AWFW), a hunger relief and animal protection nonprofit, advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. AWFW’s dual mission uniquely assists both people and animals in dire need. Their advocacy and research create structural change by advancing the food security benefits of plant-based food and farming. Their financial and activity-based programs empower innovative food justice and animal protection groups to achieve immediate impact at the grassroots level. Through their Sustainable Keys Global Grants program, AWFW distributes more than 200 grants annually, with 50+ countries represented since 2009. Priority consideration for grants is given to vegan feeding/farming programs in low-income communities, farm animal care/rescue, and community outreach/empowerment. Additional contributions are provided as needed through their Disaster Relief Fund; while their Plants-4-Hunger campaign provides year-round opportunities to alleviate child hunger in Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, and the United States. In addition to speaking in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Africa, Dawn’s written work includes contributions in Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice, and two forthcoming chapters in anthologies. Dawn is a founding Board Director for Beyond Carnism and serves as Board Advisor and/or Organizational Partner for the International Fund for Africa, Food For Life Global, Brighter Green, Help Animals India, Grow Where You Are, MaituFoods, The Pollination Project, and the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy. Dawn holds two master’s degrees from George Washington University: one in international relations, the other in women’s studies—both with a focus on economic development. She was an early participant in the Woodhull Institute’s Ethical Leadership Program and was awarded GWU’s Graduate Prize for Feminist Scholarship for her research, leading to her 2001 master’s thesis: “Rethinking Meat – Recentering World Hunger Paradigms: A Standpoint Critique of Food Choice, Food Policy, and Overconsumption.” Her work highlights the ways in which the consumption and production of meat and other animal-sourced foods increase disparities and exacerbates global hunger, especially for women and children. She also draws attention to the negative consequences of animal agriculture on climate change and natural resources.   To learn more, visit www.awfw.org 

Gene Baur

Gene Baur

2016 Conference
http://www.farmsanctuary.org/living
Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals. Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, andThe Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple, actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in treatment toward animals and in our food system. Gene began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. In 2015, Gene was granted an Associate appointment in Health, Behavior, and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this prestigious position, Gene is focused on implementing courses related to evidence-based work on diet and farming as it aligns to Farm Sanctuary’s goals of shedding light on factory farming’s threat to public health, the environment, and animal welfare.   To learn more, visit www.farmsanctuary.org/living

David Kirby

David Kirby

2016 Conference
http://www.davidkirbycoaches.com
David Kirby, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since 2005 and TakePart since 2012, has been a professional journalist for 30 years and was a contracted writer for The New York Times for four of those years. He is also author of Evidence of Harm, a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for best book, and finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory and Death at SeaWorld, Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, a subject that continues to make headlines today. He is currently working on a new book, about the steady erosion of constitutional rights in this country.   To learn more, visit  www.davidkirbycoaches.com  


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